Some of the notable performances of Balraj Sahni are in "Kabuliwallah","Aamanat", "Waqt", "Haste Zakham", "Do Raste", "Ek Phool Do Mali", "Jalianwalabagh", "Haqueekat', "Aasra", "Bhabi" and many more. But the landmark of his film career can be traced in M.S Sathyu's "Garam Hawa"which is based on the dilemma caused by the Partition. In a word, Balraj is superb in this film. Unfortunately, this brilliant actor has not been natinally acclaimed as he deserved.
Balraj Sahni came to lime-light in his outstanding performance in Bimol Roy's "Do Bigha Zamin". In a sequence he required to pull a rikshaw speedily on the streets of Kolkata. In order to bring authenticity he had to practise rikshaw-pulling. In the scorching heat of the sun, the bare-feeted Balraj had to pull on the rikshaw with a passanger on. The shot has been treasured as an asset as one of the best scenes ever captured in camera.